Kindle

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Kindle, the wireless reading device from Amazon.com, is certainly an amazing device and one that was a long time coming.  Now eBooks have been around for a long time prior to Kindle's introduction, but Kindle truly raised the bar by being wireless and completely portable.  Let's face it, what's the advantage to downloading a book… Read more »

Are eBooks right for me? (Part 2)

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So in our last post we spoke of the many good reasons why you may want to consider buying an eBook instead of the new or used textbook, now it is important for you to see the whole picture to understand what disadvantages the eBook may have. In some estimates the cost savings are not… Read more »

Are eBooks right for me? (part 1)

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Lately there has been quite a bit of press about eBooks.  Like all things in life there is a positive and a negative to the subject.  In essence the idea of eBooks is a great one.  Let's face it; nobody enjoys lugging 20 pounds of textbooks across campus on a hot day, or really any… Read more »

More thoughts on survey results

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Sometimes there are things even I have trouble understanding. Shocking but true. Take for example some of the results from a recent survey on buying textbooks conducted by campusbooks.com. Every time I think about it I get more confused as to why more people don’t purchase their textbooks online. There is no good reason why… Read more »

CampusBooks Survey

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Campusbooks.com recently conducted a survey of textbook buying students and the findings were quite interesting. The survey confirmed some of my long held beliefs when it comes to the textbook buying public but there were also a couple of surprises. The results won’t necessarily make the latest edition of Scientific America but they were pretty… Read more »

Summer Melt

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As mentioned in my last blog I didn’t spend the entire summer lounging around watching movies and catching up on my book list. I wouldn’t be very helpful if I didn’t keep my ear to the pavement to stay aware of new ways to help college students pay for tuition, books, rent, etc. I try… Read more »

Summer Reading

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I love my summer. I cherish the slower pace, longer days, better weather, and free time the season provides me. Every summer I like to read more books and go to more movies than I normally would be able to. The only exception this summer is that I've had even more free time than normal…. Read more »

Custom Textbooks

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Recently John Hechinger of The Wall Street Journal reported on a growing trend in the Textbook Industry: Custom Textbooks. For those unaware let me take some time to explain. A custom textbook is one that is published specifically for one school and one school only. Often, these custom texts are published annually or even semi-annually… Read more »

Scholarship: Part 4

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As with most things, and certainly all things involving money, scholarships and other financial aid opportunities are sometimes scams designed to part you from your money. It's an unfortunate, but time proven fact that there is a small percentage of the human population making life worst for the rest of us. They cheat the elderly… Read more »

Scholarships: Part 3

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Thanks to Fastweb.com and similar websites students now have access to a huge number of scholarships. Billions of dollars in free financial aid is now easily accessible via the internet. These Free Money sites are similar to job sites in the way they simply list out all those opportunities that fit your parameters. It can… Read more »